Martyn’s Law – Call for Evidence

20 June 2023

Figen Murray, mother of Martyn Hett who was tragically one of 22 people killed in the Manchester Arena terrorist attack in 2017, has been working tirelessly over the last five years to have a new protect duty introduced in the UK, to be known as Martyn’s Law. The proposed legislation aims to ensure that certain venues and visitor attractions are better prepared and protected against terrorist attacks. The law will require some venues to take appropriate measures based on the size and nature of their activities. The legislation introduces two tiers: a standard tier for venues with a capacity of 100 to 799 people, and an enhanced tier for venues with a capacity of 800 or more.

The proposed new law is set to prioritise community protection, but it’s crucial to acknowledge the huge potential implications it brings, especially for clerks and their councils. It’s important to consider and understand the impact this will have on your time, your council budget and your resources.

The draft pre-legislative scrutiny of the Terrorism (Protection of Premises) Draft Bill (Martyn’s Law) is currently being scrutinised by the Home Affairs Committee and the SLCC will be submitting written evidence for consideration as part of this inquiry.   We only have limited time to draw this together, but don’t want to miss this opportunity to capture and relay your thoughts to government for consideration.

Please take 3 minutes out of your busy day to share your valuable feedback, click here to complete the survey which will close on 26 June.

The survey is now closed.

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